Astinave(Ecuador) – AstillerosNavalesEcuatorianos EP – has recently awarded Damen Shipyards Group the contract for a fourth Patrol Vessel of the Damen Stan Patrol 2606 type. This contract represents the last of this SPa 2606 series for the Ecuadorian Coastguard to be built locally.
In Guayaquil, Damen will deliver the detailed engineering of the vessel together with a complete material package. The Ecuadorian Coastguard presently operates three Damen Stan Patrols 2606, all of them having a length of 26, 50 m (87 ft), outfitted with state of the art equipment and reaching 30 knots.
Considering Astinave’s experience, gained in the previous projects, in building these kinds of constructions, it will not be necessary to make use of on-site technical assistance from Damen for this project. This signifiesthe fact that a real transfer of knowledge and technology has taken place, a process which started more than 10 years ago when the Strategic Alliance Framework Agreement was signed between Damen and Astinave.
In the last few years Astinave has built a great number of vessels in cooperation with Damen, including tugs, cutter suction dredgers, fast crew suppliers and patrol vessels. In addition, Damen organised the process in such a way that Astinaveactively expanded its shipbuilding knowledge, including building ships according to the Damen Standard. The company’s personnel received theoretical and practical training at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (Damen’s HQ in the Netherlands) and other locations in order to mutually achieve a high level of quality in present and future projects.
This project is another example of how Damen, through its ‘Building-on-Site’ programme (aka Damen Technical Cooperation), enables customers to build high quality vessels in their own countries and/or a shipyard of their own choice, gaining experience and being able to contribute to the development of the local shipbuilding industry and economy. This concept has proven to be successful over thirty years in five continents in different market segments. Only taking into account Latin America, there are currently Damen vessels under construction at third party shipyards in, amongst others, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of Services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, (flap-type) rudders, steering gear, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420×80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.